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Summer Fun in New Orleans – May and June 2014 Festivals

logo for crawfish festival- red crawfish playing a guitar on a pot of water over a flame. New Orleans is heating up in May and June! Despite the warm weather, the city is firmly entrenched in the festival season. We’ve got a list of some of the best festivals available for visitors and denizens of the City That Care Forgot:

The final weekend of Jazzfest is the first weekend in May (May 1-4). As of this writing, we have very limited availability at the inn, please call us if you’d like to check on rooms!

On May 10th, the Crawfish Mambo:Cookoff & Music Festival will take place at the UNO Lakefront Campus – enjoy loads of all-you-can-eat crawfish and live local New Orleans music while you stroll the grounds of the lovely campus. The entrance fee is $25 at the gate and proceeds benefit the students of UNC via the Alumni Association.

The Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo – this wonderful free festival on May 16 – 18 features music, an Art Market and food, of course, and is found along the banks of Bayou Saint John. Our guests can walk or take the streetcar to The Boogaloo from 1896 O’Malley House!

New Orleans Wine & Food Experience is a festival unique to our City. Taking place over 4 days (May 21 – 24) and venues throughout NOLA, you can try wine dinners, or how about a Pastry competition that features champagne and burlesque? Make sure to get your tickets early!

Text: New Orleans Oyster Festival with an pyster opening into a fleur du lis framed in green and purpleThe final weekend in May gives two opportunities for food and fun. The New Orleans Oyster Fest is May 31 – June 1 at Woldenburg Park. Over 24 restaurants will be showcased, along with an oyster eating and shucking contests and much more. Taste at the Lake will be held May 31st in the evening at the West Lakeshore Center. This is an adult event that has a wonderful benefit: your ticket will provide you with unlimited food, wine, and spirits from every vendor! Tickets range from $45 for Attendee Level to $100 for Patron level.

A lovely event help at the French Market on June 7th and 8th is the Creole Tomato Festival. You can sample all kinds of tomato-based foods and drinks as well as fresh Creole tomatoes. You’ll have the opportunity to listen to bands on two different stages and cool off under misting fans, and of course, Text: Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festivala tomato-eating contest!

The Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival will take place June 14-15, 2014, at Louis Armstrong Park. The fest is an excellent way to sample Cajun music at its finest, including the famous BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet. You can also feast on the more extensive food offerings. They are hinting that Shrimp may be a major component this year.

The third weekend in June brings Festigals, an empowering weekend event for women starting on June 19 through the 22, with several events in different venues throughout the city. June 20-22 is Pride Weekend in New Orleans, featuring a kickoff party, All Faiths Worship Service followed by Family Day at Duncan Plaza, with bands and food vendors, with the culmination of the weekend being the big parade starting at Washington Square. There are other events to be announced.

Don’t hesitate to visit us in the summer. The B&B is ready to give you a home base from which to venture forth to the many events in the city, then welcome you to comfy beds and a delicious breakfast with the hospitality you deserve!

Larry Watts
Your Friendly Innkeeper

 

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New Orleans JazzFest : April 25-27 & May 1-4, 2014

20147 JazzFest Poster The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, a.k.a. JazzFest is one of the premiere music festivals in the United States. We in New Orleans are proud to be the home of Jazzfest, celebration of the music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana which attracts some of the best Louisiana musicians in the genre, and also a number of the super stars of many other kinds of music.

This year, some of the NOLA Jazz artists included are Aaron Neville, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Irvin Mayfield, Little Freddie King,   rockin-dopsieKermit Ruffins, James Rivers, Dukes of Dixieland, and Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters.

The internationally known acts are amazing this year. Among them are Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Cristina Aguilera, Santana, Phish, John Fogarty and Vampire Weekend. This is music for all ages and inclinations! There are twelve different stages within the fairgrounds.

Music is the main thing, but not the vampire-weekendonly thing- you will be able to see the famous Mardi Gras Indians, with their fabulous costumes and headdresses, as well as crafts and other items available at three different areas; Congo Square African Marketplace, Contemporary Crafts, and Louisiana Marketplace.

meat-pieAnd of course, the food. No festival in NOLA would be complete without it. This year there are NINE different places to get sustenance: Food Area I, Food Area II, Congo Square, Cultural Exchange 2013, Heritage Square, Around the Grounds, Folk Area,     Grandstand, and even Kids’ Food. You can get everything from barbecue to Cha Gio (Vietnamese Egg Roll) and Sno Balls, and much, much more. Tempting sweet treats compete for your attention with African specialties, Mexican street food and Japanese grill items.

Make sure to get your lodging reservations booked early. This festival draws over 650,000 people from all over the world. 1896 O’Malley House has the distinction of being very close to the festival. The event is held at the Fair Grounds Race Course, which is less than three miles from the inn. You can leave your car here and take the Canal Streetcar line to the festival. Buy your Jazzy Passes in advance for only $3 and ride all day. Return after a day and night of incredible music and food and enjoy our free beer and wine, available 24 hours a day, rest in the courtyard, and sleep in your comfortable bed before partaking of your breakfast, which is included in your room rate. We’d love to be your host for Jazzfest!

Larry Watts

 

 

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Mirliton Festival in New Orleans – November 9, 2013

On November 9, 2013, The Bywater Neighborhood Association is hosting the 24th Annual Mirliton Festival at The Brickyard.  You’ll find this festival just over 4 miles away from 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast, so you can easily check it out during your stay with us.

You’ll find amazing local artists such as The Tin Men, Gal Holiday, and Strange Roux.  For just a taste of the sound, see this video:

As with any New Orleans festival, you’ll find more than music!  Check out delicious food by Bywater Eateries, creations by local artists, and a activities just for kids – who get in free!  Adult admission is only $5.  It’s an inexpensive way to check out New Orleans flavor, and we know you’ll have a great time!  The party runs from 11am to 7pm, so you will still get to take in some New Orleans nightlife.  For updates to the festival events, check out their Facebook page.  See you soon!

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New Orleans Oktoberfest, October 2013

oktoberfestFall is here – and with it comes milder temperatures, changing leaves, and BEER!  Enjoy lots of beer along with good German food, music, and lots of activities for three weekends in October.  That’s right – it’s time for Oktoberfest!  Oktoberfest is organized every year by Deutsches Haus, known as The German Presence in New Orleans.

Enjoy Oktoberfest 2013 during the weekends of October 11-12, 18-19, and 25-26.  Each of those weekends Oktoberfest happens on Fridays from 4-11 pm and Saturdays from 1-11 pm.  After the party, return to 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast, just a short drive away, to rest up from the events and rejuvenate for another full day of exploring NOLA.

Each day of Oktoberfest you can enter into a $500 Cash Door Prize, the drawing will be held October 26.  You do not need to be present to win.  Also, every day at 6:30, 7:30 and 9:30  you can participate in the Masskrugstemmen which is a Beer Stein Holding Contest.  Can you beat the current record of 20 min 19 sec?

Other events include:
Saturday, October 12 – Dachshund Races:  Who can resist those tiny little legs racing to the finish line!  Proceeds from this event go to a good cause, NOLA Dachshund Rescue.

Saturday, October 19 – Oktoberfest 5K Run/Walk:  This is the first annual Oktoberfest 5K, and is organized by the New Orleans Track Club.  Entry into the race includes admission to Oktoberfest after the race, so you can refuel.  So whether you are an avid runner or enjoy a brisk walk – you’ll enjoy this course.

Saturday, October 26 – Wine Tasting of Wines of Europe:  Beer isn’t the only think that Oktoberfest is about, check out wines from Germany, Austria, and the Alsace region.  The wine tasting is $30 per person – and a ticket to the wine tasting includes admission to Oktoberfest.  What more could you want?

Don’t miss the fun, and we look forward to hearing all about it at the inn.  Bis später!

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New Orleans Film Festival – October 11-17, 2013

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Are you a filmmaker coming for the 2013 New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF)?  Or are you going to be in New Orleans over October 10-17 and looking for something to do?  Either way – be sure to make 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast your home base during that week, providing comfortable lodging, breakfast to start your day, and relaxation opportunities!

The New Orleans Film Festival is an exciting event that has earned notoriety.  Listed as one of the Fifteen Fests You Should Enter and one of the Top 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee – this festival will not only be a great showcase for your film, but includes lots of great entertainment, as well.going to be in New Orleans over October 10-17 and looking for something to do?  Either way – be sure to make 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast your home base during that week, providing comfortable lodging, breakfast to start your day, and relaxation opportunities!

NOFF strives to welcome new filmmakers and artists to the community, and provides lots of opportunity with local resources cultivated in the city.  The festival also awards films in seven categories, yours could be one!  The festival takes place at six theaters, and 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast is less than 6 miles from all but one; which is 10 miles away in Chalmette, LA.

We know you will enjoy your stay in our bed and breakfast, the comfort and history may even inspire you!  See you for the New Orleans Film Festival.

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5th Annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival – September 19-21, 2013

burlesqueWhether you are an enthusiast or a performer – if you are coming to the 5th Annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival, we know you will find perfect accommodations at 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast.  Conveniently located less than 4 miles from all of the events, we know you will find the comfort and luxury of our inn to be far superior than other traditional accommodations.

The New Orleans Burlesque Festival, September 19-21, 2013;  is a fitting event in our city, as burlesque is a signature attraction in the French Quarter, primarily popular from the mid-40′s through the 60s.  Having once been a staple to NOLA entertainment, modern burlesque was embraced during the 1995 revival and continues as one of our city’s traditions.

The event will be a blast!  Take in up to five burlesque shows featuring everything from male burlesque stars to a competition to determine the “Queen of Burlesque” – ending with the “Queen’s Ball.”  Throughout the festival, you can take in some workshops to improve your burlesque technique.  Explore the use of Jazz in your routine and participate in a high energy burlesque workout!  For more information about this event, see the website.

When making your travel arrangements for this flamboyant and lively event – consider the elegant accommodations that we offer at 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast.

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More New Orleans Events in August 2013

August is a delicious month in New Orleans, thanks to COOLinary New Orleans, where you can enjoy special meals in many local restaurants and dig into great New Orleans cuisine!  But that’s not all – New Orleans has a variety of events to help you enjoy every last minute of summer.

August 1-4 – Check out the 13th Annual Satchmo Summerfest, a festival celebrating the great Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong.  This event provides a weekend full of live jazz music from local performers.  There will also be interesting seminars and speakers.  There will be plenty to eat as well with local restaurants providing delicious items at the festival.

 

 

Saturday, August 3 – Enjoy the Whitney White Linen Night, a free local art reception featuring live music, delicious food, and the 2013 Signature Drink: Epic Vodka Ginger Mint Lemonade.  This festival along Julia Street is a New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center fundraiser and is a great way to explore our local art.

 

 

Saturday, August 10 – Pull out your red dress and join us for the 2 mile Red Dress Run.  This is a charity run organized and hosted by The New Orleans Hash House Harriers, and guaranteed to give you a good time!         It’s not just about the run – but it also about the party featuring live music, delicious food, and lots of beer to keep you going!

 

 

Saturday, August 10, After the Red Dress Run, check out the 12th Annual Dirty Linen Night, another art night Royal Street featuring art, crafts, and antiques in 40-50 shops.  You’ll find Dirty Rice and Dirty Martinis available throughout the event plus wandering clowns, local music, and other types of street entertainment.

As always there’s so much to do – see you in August!

 

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Drink It In! 11th Annual Tales of the Cocktail – July 17-21, 2013

tales-of-the-cocktailThe 11th Annual Tales of the Cocktail will be held in the French Quarter from July 17th to July 21st. This year’s theme is “Drink It In!”, with The Rickey as the Official Cocktail. Festivities kick off on July 17th at 2pm at Hotel Monteleone with a complimentary event to present the ceremonial first toast.

After that, the events come fast and furious, with excursions, special events, seminars, contests (including the Bare Knuckle Bar Fight, featuring teams from all over the US duking it out to bring the best bar experience to the judges), awards, dinners, lunches, tasting rooms and more. You can even download an app for that!

To celebrate this premier educational event for bartenders and people in the hospitality industry, as well as cocktail enthusiasts, enjoy this Rickey Recipe, the 2013 Official Cocktail Competition winner:
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Originator: Jacob Grier from Metrovino in Portland, Oregon
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Recipe:
1 1/2 oz Martin Miller’s Gin
3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
1/4 oz Green Chartreuse
4 oz aison or biere de garde style beer
squeezed half of lemon (lemon shell), for garnish

Directions:
Combine the Martin Miller’s Gin, Green Chartreuse, lemon juice, and beer in an ice-filled highball glass. Drop the squeezed half-lemon into the drink. Gently stir.
Garnish:  Squeezed half of lemon, stirred into the drink as a nod to tradition.

Drink It In!

 

 

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San Fermin en Nueva Orleans – July 11-14, 2013

From July 11-14, experience the exhilaration of the Spanish adventure, without crossing the Atlantic, and without the hazard of real bulls.  Join us in the French Quarter for the San Fermin en Nueva Orleans, our own version of the Running of the Bulls.  Coming down for this event?  Make your reservation with 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast for true rest and relaxation (between the excitement!)

Thursday, July 11 – Kick-off the festival with Marques de Caceras Wine Dinner where the delicious cuisine is perfectly paired with Marques de Caceres wines for an exquisite, an ideal way to begin the festival.

Friday, July 12 – Officially begin the San Fermin in Nueva Orleans with El Txupinazo (pronounced el choo-pee-naht-so).  Meet other festival-goers and enjoy authentic Spanish cuisine.  Get into the spirit with festive red and white attire. 

Saturday, July 13 – This is the day you’ve been waiting for!  Instead of being chased by real bulls – they take some of the stress out of it and send the RollerBulls after you!  These roller derby girls from Big Easy Rollergirls and other leagues will chase and “gore” all festival goers.  This event is huge – expect over 14,000 runners and 400 RollerBulls.

After the excitement, enjoy cocktails and a concert put on my local musicians to relax and celebrate your survival!

Sunday, July 14 – Round off the crazy weekend with the El Pobre de Mi, a relaxing event featuring a tapas brunch and specialty drinks.  Then enjoy the 4th Annual Ernest Hemingway Celebration & Talent Contest including a variety of theatrical events.

The Running of the Bulls in Spain is a once in a lifetime event – but the San Fermin in Nueva Orleans is something you won’t want to miss…again and again!  It will be crazy and fun – not just another New Orleans festival!  While you are spending this exciting weekend in New Orleans – be sure to rest yourself in our inn.  1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast offers cozy beds and great bathtubs for soaking – you’ll enjoy the recovery.

 

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Essence Music Festival 2013 – New Orleans

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Summer is hot and the parties continue!  Book your room at 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast during July 4-7 for the 2013 Essence Music Festival.  This is your chance to see tons of big names all in one place.

Thursday opens the festival with tunes from Doug E. Fresh and the Stooges Brass Band and be inspired by Devon Franklin, Traci Braxton, and more.

Friday the party keeps building with music from Maya Azucena, Brandy, and so many more.  You won’t want to miss what Robin D. Stone, Steve Harvey, and many more speakers have to say!

Saturday you can groove with Solange, Big Daddy Kane, and may more talented artists.  Empower yourself within your community with Al Sharpton, and feed your soul with Iyanla Vanzant.

Sunday caps the festival with amazing artists including Janelle Monae and Beyonce.  You can also hear powerful messages from Yolanda Adams, Kurt Carr, and more.

So much amazing music and wonderful speakers – we know you’ll want a comfortable place to unwind after a full day at Essence Festival.  Be sure to book a cozy room at our inn to make your weekend perfect.  See you soon!